The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October

By Tom Clancy

  • Release Date: 1985-10-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 729 Ratings


Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy’s phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by the Washington Post as “breathlessly exciting,” The Hunt for Red October remains a masterpiece of military fiction by one of the world’s most popular authors, a man whose shockingly realistic scenarios continue to hold us in thrall.


  • Great book

    By Bookreader225
    loved it
  • Review The hunt for Red October

    By Gunner2O
    The book held my attention for days. I read until midnight most days. I was a submariner during 1964. I got to see Vladivostok through a periscope. A great treat excel for the depth charges.
  • Great book but difficult to follow at points...

    By MJorben1996
    I absolutely loved this book beginning to end! The only problem is all the technical jargon that is used and also the occasional Russian words in place of the English words can make it difficult to follow...still well worth the read!
  • Best film

    By mad pants
    Haven't read the book but I saw the film which was apparently very good and the book was very acceptable which gave people a chance to read the book and check out the movie
  • Great read!!

    By President Clark
    Fantastic story. Great detail without being overwhelming.
  • What's more Russian than a Scotsman?

    By Eric Jonrosh
    I first discovered “The Hunt for Red October” when the late, great Tom Clancy, informed me that the source material would be converted to film in the summer of ’89. When he explained that none other than Sir Sean Connery would play a crucial part, I immediately grew red in the face and hurled my glass of scotch into the fire quite dramatically. Regretting that impulsive act, I poured myself another glass, much larger than the first. When Tom inquired why I reacted so violently, I hurled that glass into the fire as well. Sit back, dear readers, and prepare to be aroused and astounded. When I first met my ancient nemesis Sean Connery, we were working together on a film called “The Highlander.” I was of a particular help because I’d written a poem in 1965 about a Scottish man trapped in the body of a Portuguese sailor. It won no great accolades, mostly because one couldn’t read it without weeping uncontrollably. After we wrapped each night on the Isle of Skye, Christopher Lambert, Sean and myself would go down to a local public house called The Sheep’s Shaft and drink scotch, sometimes for days at a time. It was disastrous for the production, but a proper scotch diet tends to break a few eggs. Then one fateful night, Sir Connery became my eternal nemesis forever. I couldn’t say what happened for certain, but I awoke the next morn, fully clothed at the rail station with a frightening message scrawled on the palm of my hand: “Show your leathery face on the moors of Scotland again, Eric Jonrosh, and I’ll cask your headless corpse in a Scotch barrel. Warmest Regards, Sean Connery” As delicious as that might sound, I took heed of the threat and never returned to that peaty bog of a country. Now I am forced to buy my scotch by the can. So it stands to reason that Mr. Connery would make a perfect Russian turncoat submarine captain. And I daresay he nailed the performance in “The Hunt for Red October.” I imagine he just played himself. Likely because he couldn’t conjure a Russian accent to save his malty skin. He would have made a fine Winston Morehouse in my retelling of the heartbreaking epic “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC this very January the 9th, 2014. Alas, Mr. Connery is approximately 900 hundred years old, so, I cast the uber-talented Marty Comanche instead. He too is now my eternal nemesis. Warmest Regards, Eric Jonrosh, spellbinding creator of “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January the 9th, 2014
  • Outstanding book!

    By Pediroq7
    We have lost one of our greatest authors! I will miss not seeing new books written by him. This book was his first, and one of his best considering how much he matured as an author through all the rest of his books.
  • Great

    By Sbudno
    Couldn't put it down!
  • Must Read!

    By Mik3M
    Love this book. The movie does it no justice.
  • Great

    By Dawn washer
    That was my first Tom clancy book, and I'm very pleased with it. It was a very great book.